A meta-analysis of complications following deceased donor liver transplant

Lisa M. McElroy*, Amna Daud, Ashley E. Davis, Brittany Lapin, Talia Baker, Michael M. Abecassis, Josh Levitsky, Jane L. Holl, Daniela P. Ladner

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background Liver transplantation is a complex surgery associated with high rates of postoperative complications.

Data Sources: A systematic review of the literature reporting rates of postoperative complications between 2002 and 2012 was performed.

Conclusions: This is the first comprehensive review of postoperative complications after liver transplantation and can serve as a guide for transplant and nontransplant clinicians. Efforts to collect national data on complications, such as through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, would improve the ability to provide patients with informed consent, serve as a tool for individual center performance monitoring, and provide a central source against which to measure interventions aimed at improving patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-618
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Liver transplantation
  • Patient outcomes
  • Postoperative
  • Secondary analysis
  • complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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